In 2004, Dominique de Villepin hoped that he would be the next president of France.
De Villepin was opposed to the Iraq war.
In 2004, he was alleged to have used a senior intelligence official in a plot to smear his rival Nicolas Sarkozy.
In 2004 an anonymous source wrote to a judge accusing Sarkozy of holding secret bank accounts in the Luxembourg bank Clearstream. The accounts were said to hold kickbacks from the $2.8bn sale of French frigates to Taiwan in 1991.
The judge declared that the allegations were false and the accounts did not exist.
De Villepin's career was ruined.
Thierry Meyssan's "Operation Sarkozy" (Mr Sarkozy and the CIA. Based on Thierry Meyssan's "Operation Sarkozy" ) tells us more about this French Watergate.
Frank Wisner Jr. married Nicolas Sarkozy's step-mother.
In the USA, in the early 1990s, Frank Wisner Jr.became responsible for political planning in the Defence Department.
Frank Wisner Jr. and the CIA reportedly planned the rise to power of Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sarkozy became France's Minister of the Interior.
In 2004 came the allegations about Sarkozy holding secret bank accounts in the Luxembourg bank Clearstream.
According to Thierry Meyssan, the false listings of the bank accounts "were put in circulation by members of the Franco-American Foundation, of which John Negroponte was the President and Frank Wisner Jr. the Director."
Meyssan claims that "the listings were made in London by a joint office of the CIA and the MI6, Hakluyt & Co, of which Frank Wisner Jr. is also Director."
When the media revealed that De Villepin had allegedly used a senior intelligence official in a plot to smear Nicolas Sarkozy, De Villepin's career was ruined.
Sarkozy became President of France.